Mr. Monninger penned such an emotionally driven, heart tugging story that I just could not put it down. The book opens up describing Tom Kennedy in the war zone of Afghanistan fighting for his country. While his and another soldier’s Humvee is broken down, shots are fired and Tom instinctually protects the other soldier with him. In doing so, it is at this point he takes multiple shots to his body. Tom returns to his hometown a Medal of Honor recipient, but he is not even aware of his honor because he is in a vegetative state in the hospital. His wife, Margaret, though broken through and through by how quickly her and her young son’s lives have changed, does the noble and dutiful thing by not only caring for her husband daily at the hospital, but also takes on the farming responsibilities of their Maine dairy farm with assistance from Tom’s father. She goes through life as a robot, fulfilling her duties, but she is numb emotionally. That all changes, though, when she is invited to Washington by President Obama because he is going to sign in a new bill that will offer comatose veterans more medical benefits and she decides to accept the invitation. A handsome Foreign Service officer by the name of Charlie King, volunteers to escort Margaret on her long trip. To me, this is where all the magic truly happens. During their travels, Margaret and Charlie fall in love. She is so torn by her conflicting emotions that I felt it was this point in the story that essentially turned into her survival as well. The author penned so much emotion within these pages and made his storyline so believable you will walk away feeling as if this story truly happened. Overall, I highly recommend this story and look forward to reading more from this talented author.
When Margaret Kennedy finds out that her husband, Tom, has been seriously injured in war and will remain in a comatose, vegetative state, she decides to pick up the pieces and carry on the family farming responsibilities with Tom’s father. Her poor young son, Gordon, never gets to know his father except in the vegetative state in the hospital. She visits her husband, but knows she will never have him completely back in her life again. He will never recover from his serious injuries and he will never again be able to satisfy any of her needs or desires. She presses on though. When she receives a personal invitation to the White House to see a new bill signed in by President Obama, Charlie King, a Foreign Service officer escorts her to the special event. Along their travels, sparks fly and they are immediately attracted to each other. They fall in love, but Margaret must come to a very heart wrenching decision. Should she follow her heart and allow Charlie into her life, even though technically she is still married to her comatose husband? Or should she end things with Charlie before they get too complicated?
Brought together by war, separated by duty, a love story for the ages
Margaret Kennedy lives on a dairy farm in rural Maine. Her husband Thomas—injured in a war overseas—will never be the man he was. When the President signs a bill in support of wounded veterans, Margaret is invited to the nation’s capital. Charlie King, a handsome Foreign Service officer, volunteers to escort her. As the rhododendron blossoms along the Blue Ridge Highway, the unlikely pair fall in love—but Margaret cannot ignore the tug of her marriage vows.
Joseph Monninger’s Margaret from Maine is a page-turning romance that poignantly explores the dilemmas faced by those who serve our country—and the men and women who love them.